but this isn't going to help his prospects of moving from an associate member to a full member of the european union if this is the way he treats what are reasonable democratic protests. >> these protesters have legitimate greempbances against a regime given the track record that you laid out. yet, at the same time, martin, i'm sure it should come as no surprise to you that while turkey had long sought admission to the european union, its own economic boom in effect it now believes that it no longer needs to be part of a european union in order to grow its economy. if anything, it believes the eu relationship would become aim position on its economic growth. so at this point in time, erdogan and his government has largely thumbed its nose at the critics in europe accusing him of rye slating human rights. >> turkey is bordered by no less than eight countries, iran, iraq and, of course, syria to name three of them.